Sherry Rogers, MD blew us away on last Saturday’s show with so much great information that most of us could not take notes fast enough. Also, a few points were a bit technical, so I listened to the show again to provide the highlights below. I’ve arranged the topics we covered using her T.H.I.N.K. acronym, but as you will see they are all interrelated. And, they help explain why Americans spend more on health care than any country on earth and yet rank only 37th in health!
Toxins. We talked about two guests we’ve had on HBN. One, the FDA whistle blower, Renee Joy Dufault, PhD had exposed the toxins (like mercury) in food. We often warn listeners about metal dental fillings that are composed largely of the toxic heavy metal mercury. Dr. Rogers computed that Americans consuming the typical amount of corn syrup are getting an amount of mercury equal to having a new mercury dental filling installed every day! Dr. Rogers is also a fan of Stephanie Seneff, PhD from MIT, an expert in GMO’s and the weed killer glyphosate (e.g. Roundup). Dr. Rogers pointed out that this poison causes disease (including cancer) and that Americans have 6 times higher blood levels of that toxin than Europeans! A listener asked about acne and sweaty hands. Dr. Rogers said that when anything is coming out of the body (including diarrhea, rosacea, etc.) it is the body trying to detoxify. Detoxifying must become a way of life daily because the flow of toxins never stops.
Hormones. A reader just asked about her increase in facial hair. Perhaps that is due to menopause-related reduction in estrogen which is now too low to balance the androgens (male hormones). She also asked about losing eyebrow hair. That is most likely due to another low hormone—thyroid. The toxins noted above, pesticides, PFOA’s from Teflon, BPA (and the BPS used to replace it) all disrupt our hormone systems. They can cause thyroid problems as well as breast and prostate cancer. In our discussion of the all-important thyroid hormone, Dr. Rogers told us that many people do not effectively turn the inactive storage form (T4) into the active (T3) thyroid hormone. (The body needs the mineral selenium for that function.) Docs too often use thyroid tests that do not accurately portray the adequacy of thyroid hormone. They also seem unaware of that conversion problem and therefore don’t prescribe the most helpful drug. Those with an interest in thyroid health should probably read my blog and library article on the subject. Two listeners asked about whether biopsies of thyroid nodules were a good idea. The main risk is that they are often inconclusive and doctors believing they are being cautious, recommend removal of the thyroid. Only 5-10% of nodules are malignant.
Intestinal. Dr. Rogers told us that overgrowth of pathogens (such as yeasts boosted by antibiotics) create leaky gut. In response to foreign material entering the bloodstream, the body responds by making antibodies that may also attack organs. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an example. Thyroid antibodies besides attacking the thyroid, also attack the brain and can create dementia. Intestinal yeasts make an enzyme that destroys B1 and that leads to memory trouble. Yeasts also deplete our magnesium. Among the 500 or more processes in the body that magnesium is needed for, it protects us from heart attack, stroke, dementia, depression, seizure, back pain and so on. Dr. Rogers also told us that antibiotics (and other drugs) can lead to MS, Lupus or ALS.
“I” could also stand for interference. Our bodies run on current. Dr. Rogers said she has known people to reverse leukemia, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure and more with something as simple as getting rid of a bad root canal on the acupuncture meridian that links energy to that struggling organ. I found this handy chart on the website of a holistic dentist in California. (Our DFW holistic dentist is Dr. Philip Kozlow. In Austin we recommend Dr. Griffin Cole.)
Nutrients. A caller asked for help because she is on 6 blood pressure medications. Dr. Rogers advised for her: magnesium, vitamin E, cod liver oil liquid in glass (NOT the prescription type), and phosphatidyl choline (Non-GMO) powder which is needed to anchor the cod liver oil’s EPA and DHA so that it can benefit the brain, arteries and the thyroid. She said that cardiologists don’t seem to know about the crucial nature of tocotrienols or that there are 8 important forms of vitamin E. Unfortunately, drug store vitamins contain synthetic E that blocks the rest of the E family and tocotrienols. (I recommend Jarrow’s Famil-E.)
Knowledge gap. Learning this stuff is hard, but we must fight back against the misinformation coming from mainstream drug-driven medicine. For example: statins (cholesterol drugs) poison the main starting point for all hormones, cell membranes and mitochondrial membranes (the powerhouses in our cells). Dr. Rogers says prescribing these will go down in history as the worst medical mistake ever. Another example: NSAIDS (pain drugs such as Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, and even aspirin) promote leaky gut thereby setting us up for autoimmune diseases. That is also true of PPI’s (popular heartburn drugs). Taken for more than a couple of weeks, those drugs deplete B12 and magnesium. Knowing these facts will help you press your doctor to find natural solutions. To make learning a little less costly, Dr. Rogers offered our listeners 15% off books and newsletters through January. Prestige Publishing. 800-846-6687 (To schedule phone consultations with Dr. Rogers: 315-488-2856)